The Use of Porcine-Derived Materials for Medical Purposes: What do Muslim and Jewish Individuals Know and Opine About It?

Ya’arit Bokek-Cohen, Mahdi Tarabeih

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Abstract

Porcine-derived medical products represent an effective solution for a wide range of human suffering, yet this may contradict Muslim and Jewish religious prohibitions against consuming pig. The present study evaluated the level to which Muslim and Jewish participants are knowledgeable about the conditions permitting porcine-based treatments and explored their attitudes toward the permissibility of these treatments. A questionnaire that presented fifteen medical uses of porcine-derived products was completed by 809 Muslims and 714 Jews. Neither Muslim nor Jewish participants are knowledgeable about the religious rulings of their religions which permit the use of pig for life saving. Participants of both groups objected to the view that porcine-derived materials should be permitted. The findings imply that the attitude toward porcine-derived materials for medical use is contingent upon the knowledge or lack thereof that individuals have regarding the permissibility of such use. We offer useful recommendations to improve the informed consent process before conducting porcine-based treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-612
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Pty Ltd.

Funding

This work was supported by the Academic College of Israel in Ramat-Gan under Grant number 24484057

FundersFunder number
Academic College of Israel in Ramat-Gan24484057

    Keywords

    • Informed consent
    • Jewish
    • Muslim
    • Porcine-derived materials
    • Religion
    • Xenotransplantation

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